By Elizabeth Bowerman article A woman who went to a university with a scholarship for women, is now being shunned for her lack of qualifications, as the institution has been accused of sexism.
Elizabeth Bowers, a 20-year-old freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told The Canadian Press that she received a scholarship to attend the university with her father, who is a PhD student in history.
She had planned to attend a private school in Chicago to study psychology.
But the scholarship was cut in half, after she submitted a resume that was not sufficiently professional.
Bowers said she is still considering what to do next, including attending a career fair or working at a restaurant, but she feels that her school’s lack of scholarship for female students is discrimination.
“I think it’s a bit of a double standard.
I’ve got an undergraduate degree, so I have to prove myself,” she said.
“And there’s a scholarship in place, so why shouldn’t I be paid?”
While the university is not the only school that has faced backlash for having a gender imbalance in its admissions process, it is the first time the school has been criticized for the practice of limiting female students’ opportunities.
In May, the University at Buffalo had to retract a video showing a student being harassed by a student, after her application was discovered to be incomplete.
The video, shot by a friend of the student, showed a female student being verbally and physically assaulted by a male student who was also in her class.
The student was also seen throwing a glass bottle at the student and another student.
The University at New Brunswick suspended a professor for “repeatedly and unwillingly engaging in behavior that has a discriminatory effect on male students.”
“This is a pattern of discriminatory behaviour,” said Christine D. Poulin, a faculty member in the department of African American studies at the university.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that universities cannot discriminate against students based on gender in their hiring policies.
However, the university has not yet addressed its own practices, which include having a “gender neutral” admissions process for women and having to pay out scholarships for female applicants.
University of New Brunswick student Andrew Stokes said he hopes that by exposing the problem of gender bias at the school, more schools will follow suit.
“It’s time that we have more institutions and universities that have to step up and be more accountable to the students that they’re serving,” he said.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a research and advocacy group, also called for greater transparency in admissions decisions.
The university said that the school will look into Bowers case and take further action to “address any further concerns” about gender discrimination.
The CBC has reached out to the university for comment.